Why does my Sewing Machine Needle Keep Breaking?

Sometimes sewing is dangerous. Your needle may break and fly away. It’s frustrating when this keeps happening to you. Here are ten reasons why your needle might break while you’re sewing, and what to do about each one.

Your sewing machine is not threaded correctly

Even people who have been sewing for years sometimes thread
their sewing machine incorrectly. This is the first thing you need to check if
your needle keeps breaking while you are sewing. If your thread does not line up
through the tension discs and thread guides, your thread can get tight and pull on your machine’s eye.
tighten and pull on your needle’s eye, causing it to break.

Unscrew your sewing machine and rethread it from the
beginning. Don’t just replace the broken needle and re-thread only through the
eye. Make sure your thread take-up is in its highest position, attach
thread, attach your thread spool, then thread the thread through the tension discs and tension discs and
thread guides following the instructions in your user manual. Next, pull
your thread through the eye of your needle and leave a four-inch tail of thread
under the presser foot.

Your thread tension is too tight

Your thread tension should be adjusted for different
fabrics and thread weights. Make sure you are using the same weight thread in
your bobbin and top thread. If you don’t, the tension can be uneven and
pull on your needle’s eye, causing it to break.

Sewing machine manufacturers suggest that you don’t mess
with the bobbin thread tension, but you should adjust the upper thread tension if your thread breaks while sewing.
upper thread tension if your thread keeps breaking while you sew. If the tension is
too tight, it can pull your thread and break it. Turn the tension knob
counterclockwise to release it. If you are having trouble getting the tension correct, a sewing machine repairman can reset the tension.
sewing machine repair technician can reset your bobbin tension.

Your thread is not securely attached to the spool pin

Some sewing machines require a spool cap or stopper to prevent your thread spool from bouncing back while you sew. You can unbalance your sewing machine’s tension if you don’t use a spool cap, which can pull on your needle’s eye and cause it to break. When placing your thread on your spool pin, secure your cap securely. However, make sure your thread can still come off easily.

In general, it doesn’t matter if your thread spool is placed
on your sewing machine clockwise or counter-clockwise, but be careful of the little
slit/snag on your thread spool. The slot is used to keep track of the end of the thread when stored.
of your thread when stored, but your thread may get caught in the slot when you start to sew.
when you start sewing. This can pull on your needle’s eye and cause it to

You are using the wrong needle

Sewing machine manufacturers recommend changing your needle before each project. This way your needle is sharp and can pierce your fabric easily. Dull needles can catch on your fabric and break. This is more likely to happen when sewing a heavy fabric like corduroy or denim. The leather is so thick that it requires a special needle.

Keep in mind that some fabrics require certain types of needles. For example, a ballpoint needle is better for knits than a pointed needle because it won’t snag or cause your fabric to run. If in doubt, use a universal needle.

Your needle is not inserted correctly

A small screw holds your needle in place while you sew. Over
time, the screw may loosen and cause your needle to drop a little. You can also
bump the screw and loosen it. This is a problem because if your needle is not
the needle is not held in place it can hit your bobbin case and break. Make sure your
needle is fully inserted and as tight as possible.

Also, be careful not to insert your needle upside down on your
sewing machine. The upper needle shaft is rounded with a flat side. The flat
side should face the back of your sewing machine when you insert it.
the needle. If you insert your needle the wrong way, it may hit your bobbin case or
throat plate and break.

Your needle is not in the correct position

If your needle breaks immediately after inserting a new
one, turn your hand wheel to slowly lower your needle and see if it hits your
throat plate or the presser foot. This is a common problem if you are not using the
standard presser foot. You can manually adjust your needle position
by changing the needle width setting on your sewing machine. Most sewing machines also
have a needle position lever where you can choose a center, left, or right.

Your needle is damaged, bent or dull

Over time, your sewing machine needle can become damaged or
bent, especially if you’re sewing in thick fabric. If your needle is
bent too much, it can hit your feed dogs, throat plate, or bobbin case and break.
To avoid bending your needle, try slowing down while sewing or using a
sharper needle.

Sewing machine needles also have natural flaws or burrs that occur during manufacturing. You will occasionally encounter a needle that is bent or damaged before you insert it into your machine. It’s not very common, but it can happen. It’s a good idea to always have spare sewing machine needles on hand.

Your bobbin case is full of lint

Lint builds up in your bobbin case as you sew. If it’s been a while since you cleaned your sewing machine, lint can cause your needle to jam and break. Clean your sewing machine frequently so the bobbin case doesn’t get dirty and your needle can move up and down smoothly.

You sew on pins

You’re supposed to pull the pins out of your fabric just before
they go under your presser foot so your needle doesn’t hit them. If your
needle hits a pin just right, it can break. However, what usually happens
when sewing over pins is that your needle bends. Eventually, this bent bent needle
will eventually hit your bobbin case, feed dogs, or needle plate, and break because
it is out of alignment.

You pull on your fabric when you sew

Never tug on your fabric as you pass it through your sewing machine. Your feed dogs will do all the work for you so your stitches come out evenly. If you pull on your fabric, your needle can bend and break. This is difficult if you’re sewing multiple layers of fabric, but take it easy and try not to pull. A walking foot accessory can also help.

Recent Posts